Science Communication Internship

Are you a budding broadcaster doing a physical sciences PhD with a desire to communicate more powerfully?
17 June 2021

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Finishing a PhD in the Physical Sciences at The University of Cambridge? Not graduated yet? Want to communicate science for a national broadcaster? New spaces available!

The Naked Scientists are an award-winning production venture that works with broadcasters and publishers internationally, including BBC 5 Live and ABC Radio National Australia, to produce high quality, professional science output that reaches audiences in the millions.

Supported by The University of Cambridge, The Naked Scientists run a programme that offers candidates a unique training experience in science radio journalism. Over an 8-week period, successful applicants will develop skills in researching and compiling science news coverage, online publishing and podcasting, as well as live and pre-recorded radio broadcasting. We are looking for talented and motivated individuals who have a strong interest in science communication.

Across the 8 weeks, you'll learn how to:

  • Produce podcasts
  • Create and edit content for national and international radio broadcast
  • Interview leading scientists publishing new discoveries in the world's best science journals
  • Uncover, research, and write accessible engineering and science articles and develop enhanced skills as a communicator

Due to the coronavirus pandemic The Naked Scientist staff are currently working from home, so the same may apply to your internship.

Who can apply?

Applicants should:

  • be based at the University of Cambridge, doing a PhD in a physical sciences discipline. The physical science subjects include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Computer Science and Engineering.
  • have completed the research phase of the PhD prior to the start of the placement
  • have not yet graduated from the PhD prior to the end of the placement 
  • not be receiving any other sources of funding at the time of the placement

How is the placement funded?

The Naked Scientists training programme is supported by the University of Cambridge. Successful awardees will receive the equivalent of two months of PhD stipend at the UK research council rate.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted by email and should include a CV and a covering letter setting out your reasons for wishing to pursue this training opportunity and any relevant communication experience. In addition, they should state if they have any preferred 8-week date options for placements between July 2021 – March 2022.

Please send all applications to Dr Eva Higginbotham at

We would urge interested parties to please contact us before making an application.

The closing date for this call is the 14th of July. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an online interview at the end of July.

How do I find out more?

For enquiries, please email Dr Eva Higginbotham at


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